"Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work
of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." 1
Imagine the mystery and delight of not just hearing, but seeing the story of Jesus for the first time, almost as an eyewitness. That's what happened to a tribe
in the jungles of East Asia, when missionaries showed them the Jesus film. Not only had these people never heard of Jesus, they had never seen a motion picture. Then, all at once, on one unforgettable evening, they saw it all -- the gospel in their own language,
visible and real.
Imagine again how it felt to see this good man Jesus, who healed the sick and was adored by children, held without trial and beaten by jeering soldiers. As they
watched this, the people came unglued. They stood up and began to shout at the cruel men on the screen, demanding that this outrage stop.
When nothing happened, they attacked the missionary running the projector. Perhaps he was responsible for this injustice! He was forced to stop the film and explain
that the story wasn't over yet, that there was more. So they settled back onto the ground, holding their emotions in tenuous check.
Then came the crucifixion. Again, the people could not hold back. They began to weep and wail with such loud grief that once again the film had to be stopped. The
missionary again tried to calm them, explaining that the story still wasn't over, that there was more. So they composed themselves and sat down to see what happened next.
Then came the resurrection. Pandemonium broke out this time, but for a different reason. The gathering had spontaneously erupted into a party. The noise now was
of jubilation and it was deafening. The people were dancing and slapping each other on the back. Christ is risen, indeed!
Again the missionary had to shut off the projector. But this time he didn't tell them to calm down and wait for what was next. All that was supposed to happen --
in the story and in their lives -- was happening.
The reality of the resurrection: if you believe it happened, it will truly change the way you live.
Some distinctions of those who live in light of the resurrection are listed in 1 Corinthians 15:58…
1. Be steadfast
2. Be immovable
abound in the work of the Lord
that your labor is not in vain
In the end, God will reward your faithfulness through the inheritance you have in Christ Jesus.
Keep this in mind as you go through your day. But remember most of all that Jesus Christ has already been steadfast, immovable, and has accomplished the work of
salvation on your behalf. Praise God for the wonderful Savior that we have!
Have a great day, and keep moving forward!
Posted on 09/29/2014
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under